Review: Taming Hollywood’s Baddest Boy (Max Monroe)

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Taming Hollywood’s Baddest Boy
Author: Max Monroe
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Do people say they hate someone’s guts so that they can still fall stupidly, head-over-heels in love with the other parts?
Asking for a friend.

Okay, fine. I’m not asking for a friend.

I’m asking for me—and I’m begging you to tell me that the practice of falling in love with your should-be-enemy is common.

Please tell me that I’m not the only person to track down a guy—who used to be Hollywood’s baddest bad boy before he left LA for good—at his off-the-grid cabin in Alaska, show up unannounced, and find him gloriously naked.

This probably happens all the time…right?

Tell me I’m not alone in my stupidity—that I’m not the only woman who would fall for gorgeous blue eyes and a sexy devilish smirk, even if they belong to a broody, mysterious jerk.

Please. Please. Please. Tell me I’m not alone in this.

For the love of everything, I need all the supportive girl power I can get if I’m going to convince Luca Weaver to come back to Hollywood—otherwise known as the place he hates so much that he ghosted Oscar-level success and escaped to no-man’s-land for the last eight years just to avoid it.

Yeah, don’t worry—that smoke you’re smelling isn’t your house catching fire as you read this…it’s just my career and what was previously known as my heart going up in flames.

Gah. Is it just me, or am I totally, completely, and utterly screwed?


If I had to sum up Taming Hollywood’s Baddest Boy in one word it would FUN. Everything about it was fun. If you’ve read Max Monroe before you know they excel at humor, and things got humorous in the best way possible in this book.

Taming the Hollywood’s Baddest Boy starts off on the enemies to lovers side of things. The banter is right on par with that trope. Billie and Luca had instant chemistry, which was aided by the fact that they both had stubborn sides. Pushed together by an unplanned camping trip together in the Alaska wild, their hate to love relationship accelerated quickly, but not unbelievably. Every moment between them was swoon worthy. I didn’t even bat my eye at their problems because I knew the make up was going to be perfectly fulfilling.

I honestly don’t know what else to say about Taming Hollywood’s Baddest Boy other than to shout “FUN!!!” It’s the type of book to read when you want to escape from all the unpleasant news or problems of today. It was exactly what I’ve come to expect and depend upon from the collaborative genius of Max Monroe.

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A duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.

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Review: The Trade (Meghan Quinn)

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The Trade
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publication Date: March 12, 2020
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Can you pinpoint a time in your life where you realized you are completely and utterly screwed?

I can. I got the dreaded phone call, the one every baseball player hopes and prays never comes.

I was traded. Yeah, that phone call.

Traded from my long time team of over ten years. And not just to any team, but my childhood rivals; the Chicago Rebels.

Completely and utterly screwed, right? Wrong. The trade was the least of my concerns.

I met a girl. Natalie. Man, she’s perfect.

I swore I would never get involved with anyone during the season. Too complicated. But can you believe I have zero restraint when it comes to this girl? I couldn’t get her out of my head and the more I talked to her, the more I realized I needed her in my life.

So what’s the problem? Why am I screwed? Because, Natalie, the girl I can’t stop crushing on, yeah . . . she’s married.

At least, that’s what I was told . . .


The Trade wins. It’s officially my favorite book in this series.

There wasn’t anything I didn’t love about it. Cory F-ing Potter was easily became one of my favorite Meghan Quinn heroes. I loved him from the beginning for his respect of Natalie’s relationship status and he continued to grow my impression of him. He had his moments of stupidity, but all in all he was a great person. Same for Natalie. She was sweet and her insecurities were easy to identify with. They way Corey and Natalie clicked personality wise is too cute for words. The way the got each other made for some EXPLOSIVE chemistry.

The fact that we get some very fun moments with cameos from the couples in the previous book made this book even more entertaining and fun to read. There wasn’t anything not to love about The Trade. Bravo, Meghan Quinn!

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Review: Creole Kingpin (Meghan March)

Creole Kingpin
Series: Magnolia Duet, #1
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Meghan March goes back to New Orleans and the world of Lachlan Mount with a dangerous and bold new anti-hero.

The thing about ghosts is they’re supposed to stay dead.

That’s exactly what I am, but I can’t stay away from Magnolia Marie Maison for one more day, let alone another year.

We’ve already got fifteen of those between us.

As it stands, she’ll want to kill me as soon as she lays eyes on me. And knowing her, she’s completely up to the task.

But I’m a man on a mission, and I’ve got everything riding on this.

So, here I come, Magnolia. This ghost is ready for whatever you got.

After all, there’s only one way I want this to end—’til death do us part.


I don’t know how Meghan March does it. Each book and series better than the last. From beginning to end, Creole Kingpin had me transfixed. I loved being back in March’s New Orleans setting with Magnolia, I character who has intrigued me from the minute I learned her name. Add in Moses, the villain from the Legend Trilogy who I wasn’t exactly a fan of, and things were crazy good.

Magnolia had a rough and not exactly lawful past life. She is ready to leave it all behind. Her navigation out of that world and the resurrection of Moses in her life was so much fun to read about. Add in a little dangerous mystery, and Creole Kingpin was the best kind of ride.

I would leave my review at that, but I HAVE to mention Moses some more. I didn’t think I could love him based on his relationship with Legend. I did, though… His relationship with Magnolia made me see him in a completely new way. I loved it.

So… This is a duet. You know what that means in a Meghan March book, right? CLIFFHANGER. This one went a direction I wasn’t expecting. It left me more curious than shocked, and I’m dying to know what’s going to be revealed in Madam Temptress.

Creole Kingpin is the first book in the Magnolia Duet. Magnolia’s story concludes in Madam Temptress releasing April 14, 2020.

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Review: Bench Player (Julianna Keyes)

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Series: Charleston Thrashers, #2
Author: Julianna Keyes
Publication Date: March 30, 2020
Publisher: Julianna Keyes
Genre: Contemporary, Sports, Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

ALLISON

As Public Relations Manager for the Charleston Thrashers, I’m responsible for protecting the team’s reputation. But after our right fielder gets sent to prison and we lose the World Series, my own reputation takes a huge hit. There’s only one way I can save my job: by revamping Connor Whitman’s tarnished ex-con image. Keeping my eye on the ball isn’t a problem until I discover what’s underneath his unkempt exterior—a man who’s unexpectedly vulnerable and distractingly sexy. Now, my professionalism is sailing far into foul territory.

CONNOR

I’ve served my time, and now I’m determined to reclaim my spot in the Thrashers’ outfield. Unfortunately, the new General Manager doesn’t want an aging ex-con on the roster, so I have no choice but to go along with Allison’s annoying scheme. Her bossiness drives me crazy—but so do her legs and her hair and her all-too-rare smiles. I can’t afford to fall for anyone when my focus needs to be on baseball, but love is a game I’ve never played before, and for the first time ever, I’m out of my league.


After reading Team Player, I was excited to hear there was going to be a second book in the Charleston Thrashers series. Bench Player was a great sports romance read. It had an almost enemies vibe going on at first, which then turned into a sort of forbidden lovers thing. Both of those tropes were done well and made the romance all the more fun.

I loved Allison. She was tough as nails, but also had a softer side. I loved her relationship with her grandfather. It was adorable! It might have almost been sweeter than her relationship with Connor…

Connor was a character I haven’t read before  in a sports romance. Sure, I’ve read about players who need some sort of image overhaul, but I don’t think I’ve ever read the ex-con angle before. I loved how it changed him. He was standoffish at first and had every reason to be. I loved seeing his character growth over the course of the story, and how his relationship with Allison changed how he saw a few things.

Allison + Connor = Fire! I loved their banter and chemistry. They seemed too opposite to make sense at first, but then that was what made them make sense together. I loved the ups and down they went through to get to their finish line.

The only thing I didn’t like in this book was something close to the end. It made me sad. I just wish the story hadn’t gone there. I felt like it maybe it didn’t need to.

Other than that one thing, I loved this book. I’m really hoping this series continues as there are a couple more players I would love to see get their own story.

Review: The Guy in the Middle (Kate Stewart)

The Guy in the Middle
Series: The Underdogs, #3
Author: Kate Stewart
Publication Date: February 29, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Sports, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

I was born to play and bred to win.

My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.

With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.

Two birds, one ball.

Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card.

For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach’s daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one play to throw my career before it started or that the weight of our secret would change the game.


Back when the Team Player 2 Anthology was released, I read a preview of The Guy in the Middle. I had read the first two books in the series and knew I wanted to read this one to finish it off.  To be honest, this book was really hard to review because each part almost feels like a book of its own.

Part 1 is all about Lance and Harper’s college relationship. It’s full of secrecy and falling in love when they least expect it. Things end dramatically for them and they go off to do their own things for a while. I loved how they fell for each other. I wasn’t a big fan of how Part 1 ended at first, mostly because I didn’t want to leave this college setting.

Part 2 is Lance going after he wants, but it’s complicated. Lance and Harper’s lives are in different places. It’s a bittersweet, frustrating section of their relationship. I liked this part, but, like I said, it was frustrating. I wanted to hurry up and get to that happy ending. I was also super shocked by some revelations. I think I got whiplash for a second.

Part 3 is where both Harper and Lance figure their stuff out. It was full of ups and downs, and I loved every angst-filled moment. There were more revelations and reactions and I felt for these characters every minute of it all. I loved how things worked out for Lance and Harper.

I lied. It was actually 4 parts. The Epilogue was basically its own part. At first, I wasn’t sure I liked going back to characters from the first two books. I ended up really liking how it wrapped everything up, though. It was fun to find out where everyone was and how their friendships and relationships weathered.

After writing this all down, I’m still a little confused on my feelings for this story in its entirety. It still feels a little disjointed. When it comes down to it, I did love reading the entire story — even when it stressed me out a bit. I think fans of the series will appreciate how everything came full circle and love Lance and Harper together.

Review: Australia: A Romance Anthology

Australia: A Romance Anthology
Authors: Penny Reid, Meredith Wild, Carly Phillips, Sierra Simone, Emma Scott, Susan Stoker, Kennedy Ryan, Willow Aster, Skye Warren, Kylie Scott, Aleatha Romig, Willow Winters, AL Jackson, Julia Kent, Rebecca Yarros, Tijan, Giana Darling, Emma Hart, Chelle Bliss, Noelle Adams, A. Zavarelli, Jenika Snow, Dylan Allen, Audrey Carlan, Robin Covington, Mary Catherine Gebhard, Melanie Moreland, Parker S. Huntington, Nana Malone, Jewel E. Ann, Annabel Joseph, Celia Aaron, Michelle Heard, Brighton Walsh, Tamsen Parker, Pam Godwin, Kayti McGee
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Genre: Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A romance anthology with over THIRTY original, never-before-seen stories from bestselling and award-winning authors. Each piece was written for this anthology to benefit firefighters and wildlife in Australia. AUSTRALIA is only available for a limited time, so one-click your copy before it’s gone.

***All royalties from this project will be donated to relief funds in Australia, with 50% going to a firefighter charity and 50% going to a wildlife charity. We aren’t affiliated or endorsed by these charities. We are simply authors who want to support an important cause.***


What do you do when some of your favorite authors put out an anthology of short romance novellas to benefit the firefighters and wildlife of Australia after their devastating fires? You purchase and read it, of course. Below you will find my reviews for each novella in the anthology. And FYI, this book is only available for a limited time! Get it now and support a great cause.

The Last Song – Skye Warren: ★ ★ ★ ★
I really enjoyed this novella. I wasn’t familiar with the characters, but I was immediately pulled in and loved the sweetness of their short story. I probably would have given it 5 stars if I was more familiar with the characters.

Pash, No Rash – Penny Reid: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
You can always count on Penny Reid to make you smile. This story was super fun and “smart” in only a way Reid can pull off. Can these characters PLEASE get a full length novel because I NEED IT!

The Rule of Always – Kennedy Ryan: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I was excited for these characters from the Grips series to get their own story. Israel and Callie’s story was HOT and gave new life to their characters. It was also fun to see Grip, Bristol, and their family again briefly.

Be There With Me – Giana Darling:
When a story starts out with sex — sex that isn’t more than an escape for a character and ends up feeling like OM stuff — I’m not going to be be a fan. There was some real potential between Darcy and Tennessee, but I didn’t get to connect to them because of that Jake drama. It was just EW.

A Pretty Penny – Meredith Wild: ★ ★ ★
This was kind of a cute novella. Penny and Rich’s romance had almost a Pretty Woman kind of vibe.

Where the Current Takes You – Emma Scott: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Kate and Nate’s story was totally swoon worthy and I adored it!

I Mean, It’s Cool – Tijan: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I honestly didn’t know what to think for like half of this novella, but I ended up loving it. I need more so that I can find out what the deal is. I’m glad I have already heard there will be more.

Date for Hire – Noelle Adams: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This one was cute. I liked how the heroine was a little anxiety ridden behind all her put togetherness and that the guy liked her the way she was.

Kennedy’s Aussie – Nana Malone: ★ ★ ★
Kennedy’s Aussie was a good story, I just didn’t connect with the characters the way I wanted to. I don’t know if that was the nature of the story or just me.

Just Jane -Jewel E. Ann: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I feel really wrong saying I loved this one because poor Good Friend Jane, but I did.

Fireworks – Alethea Roming: ★ ★ ★
I’m sure I would have enjoyed this one more if I had known the characters. Since I didn’t, it was just okay.

3, 2, 1 – Parker S. Huntington: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I LOVED this novella! It was my first experience with this author and it was a good one. I would have loved this to be a full length novel.

Virgin Ride – A.L. Jackson: ★ ★ ★ ★
Virgin Ride was a lot of fun, but I think it would have been even better as a full length novel. I wanted more of these two characters together set before and after this quick romp.

Dare to Dream – Carly Phillips: ★ ★ ★ ★
It’s been a while since I’ve been in the Dare world, but this was a fun addition to it.

A Real Man Down Under – Jenika Snow: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I haven’t read anything else by Jenika Snow, but I loved this novella. It was short, sweet, and sexy.

Basket Day – Rebecca Yarros: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Aw! This was sweet! I haven’t read anything else set in this world, but I want to now!

Until Next Year – Annabel Joseph: ★ ★ ★
This one just wasn’t my thing. I wasn’t into the concept. The writing was good, thou

Mal + Anne +1 – Kyle Scott: ★ ★ ★
I think fans of this series will rate this one higher. The writing was good. Mal was annoying, but not enough to make me not like it. I just wasn’t familiar with all the characters.

Waltz with Me, Matilda – Tamsen Parker: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I adored this novella! I loved both the characters and everything about them. Matilda was so relatable!

Sanguine – Sierra Simone: ★ ★
This one wasn’t my favorite. I’m just not into vampires. I can appreciate that Sierra Simone is a talented writer. It was truly just content preference.

Love for You Always – Willow Winters: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I think this might be my first Willow Winters read. It was sweet and I loved it. It made me want to read more of her books.

Caroline’s Surprise – Susan Stoker: ★ ★ ★ ★
This novella has me wishing I had read Protecting Caroline first. Only because it was such a cute update on an already established couple. I wish I had their backstory.

Bad Reunion – Robin Covington: ★ ★ ★
This was too much of a preview and not enough of a short story for me. It felt like the first chapter or two of a book and that’s about it. I needed more than that for a connection. I do have to say that I was interested in where it might be going.

King of Libertines – Pam Goodwin: DNR
I decided to skip this one because I started it, but wasn’t really interested in reading historical romance at this time.

The Vow – Dylan Allen: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This was my first book by Allen and I loved it!

The Boogieman – Mary Catherine Gebhard: ★ ★ ★
I liked the writing and I was super interested in the story at fist, but then it took a taboo turn that I can’t say I was a fan of. Other than one thing, I liked it.

Shopping for More – Julia Kent: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It’s been a while since I read a Shannon and Declan book, but it was so fun to be back in their world. It was a cute, sweet, and sexy little novella.

Tenacious Bond – Emma Hart: ★ ★ ★ ★
I’m not familiar with this world of Emma Hart’s so I wasn’t as drawn into the story as I probably could have been, but I did think it was impressive how much she was able to put into this novella to make it feel like a full length story.

Stitches – Melanie Moreland: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ADORABLE! If you like single parent romances, this one is cute. A little instant love, but it works in this novella setting.

Sweet Caroline – Audrey Carlan: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
It’s been a long time since I read anything by this author and I hadn’t read any part of this series. That being said, I loved this biker/tattoo artist romance.

The Date Arrangement – A. Zavarelli: ★ ★ ★ ★
A fun, predictable fake dating romance.

Taken By the Hobo – Kayti McGee: ★ ★ ★
I couldn’t decide what my feelings were about a hobo being the hero in this story. Not because I was against a hobo hero, and I actually liked his backstory. I guess it just seemed like something that’s a real problem was romanticized and the actual problems of the homeless weren’t really talked about.

Preston – Michelle Heard: ★ ★ ★ ★
This was oddly adorable. I can’t think of any other way to describe it.

The Candy Acquisition – Celia Aaron: ★ ★ ★
I could appreciate the writing, but I think this is one where you have to have read the author’s other books in this series to really love it.

Mine for Tonight – Brighton Walsh: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
WOAH. This one was hot and steamy. I actually loved the characters and I am interested in reading more about Paige and Adam.

One Wild Ride -Chelle Bliss: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This biker romance is one I might consider reading the entire book for because I like the dynamic between Gigi and Pike. I would be interested in more of their story.

Lifeline – Willow Aster: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Lifeline was so adorable!!! I hate to admit that I haven’t read a book by this author other than her collaboration with another author. I think I need to change that because I loved her writing and storytelling.

Review: Yours in Scandal (Lauren Layne)

Yours in Scandal
Series: Man of the Year, #1
Author: Lauren Layne
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

A political golden boy and the woman of his dreams take the risk of their lives in a sexy romantic comedy of strange bedfellows and second chances by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

Fresh off being named Citizen magazine’s Man of the Year, New York City’s youngest mayor, Robert Davenport, decides it’s time to strategize. Next move: a bid for the governor’s seat. In his way: an incumbent with a flawless reputation. He also has an Achilles’ heel: an estranged wild-child daughter with a past so scandalous it could be Robert’s ticket to victory. And a charm so irresistible it could be Robert’s downfall.

Rebellion is a thing of the past for Adeline Blake. As New York’s premier event planner, she’s all about reform and respectability. Then she’s approached by Robert to organize the party of the season. Curious, considering he’s her father’s most formidable opponent. And alarming, too. Because Addie can’t help but fall for the righteously popular candidate with the movie-star smile.

Now it’s Robert’s choice. Does he pursue a future that holds his legacy? Or the woman who holds his heart?


I’m a little bummed after reading Yours in Scandal. It was not my favorite book by Lauren Layne. She is one of my go-to contemporary romance writers and I have loved every single one of her books but this one fell short. Yours in Scandal was just okay bordering on good for me. I’m going to give you my likes and dislikes for it below.

Likes:

  • I loved Addie’s character and her back story. The whole estranged daughter of a political opponent thing was fun.
  • The romance between Addie and Robert was sweet. It was the best thing about this book. It felt like it was made for a T.V. movie.
  • Robert when he wasn’t making dumb decisions.
  • Addie’s friends. I see some fun stories coming in the future for them!
  • How all the drama and the end played out. It was cute!

Dislikes:

  • Normally, I’m not a fan of third person narration. It usually works for me in LL’s books because she’s such a great writer. Sadly, it didn’t work for me in this book. It harder for me to connect to the characters.
  • I didn’t really like Robert when I first met his character. There was something off-putting about him and I couldn’t figure it out. Maybe it was his willingness to go along with his advisor. I don’t know. I did find myself liking him somewhere in the middle (see above).
  • My biggest dislike is that the entire book just felt slow. I had to push myself to read it when normally I’m enthralled with LL’s stories.

I really wish I hadn’t struggled through the beginning of this book and had to push myself to read it because the romance and the ending were so good. I’m hoping the rest of the books in the series are stronger reads for me.

Mini Review: Queen of Lies (Whitney G.)

Queen of Lies
Series: Empire of Lies, #2
Author: Whitney G.
Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Publisher: WGW Books, LLC
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Book 2 in the Empire of Lies trilogy.
The twists and turns in Michael & Meredith’s story continue…

The woman I fell in love with is a walking contradiction…
She’s sexy as hell, yet infuriating. Hopelessly in love with me, but carefully plotting to get the hell away.
She honestly thinks that I’m the ‘king of lies’?
Well, she f-cking fooled you…
She’s the queen.


The surprises that began in King of Lies kept coming in Queen of Lies. I don’t know what to say other than I wasn’t expecting some of the twists and the ending left me wondering what could possibly come next. Meredith and Michael’s story is crazy, epic, and I love it! I CANNOT wait for the final installment of this trilogy!

Review: Unforgiven (Jay Crownover)

I am so excited to celebrate the release of UNFORGIVEN by Jay Crownover with you today by participating in the blog tour! UNFORGIVEN is part of the Loveless, Texas series and you can grab your copy now. Join Jay’s Group for details about all of her titles.

Unforgiven
Series: Loveless, Texas, #2
Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Publisher: Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a tough Texas Ranger and his first love–a woman in danger who insists she doesn’t need his protection.
Hill Gamble is a model lawman: cool and collected, with a confident swagger to boot. Too bad all that Texas charm hasn’t gotten him anywhere in his personal life, especially since the only girl he ever loved has always been off-limits. But then Hill is assigned to investigate her father’s mysterious death, and he’s forced back to the town–and the woman–he left behind.
When Hill left Loveless, he broke Kody Lawton’s already battered heart. And now that he’s working on her father’s case, avoiding him is impossible. She can handle Hill and her unwanted feelings–until he puts his life on the line to protect her. Suddenly, Kody realizes that Hill could be taken away from her…for good.


I was immediately drawn into Kody and Hill’s story from the very beginning. They had such an emotionally charged connection that drew them together as well as kept them apart. I loved their dynamic and how they found their way to each other.

Kody and Hill’s romance almost felt like a side story compared to the romantic suspense plot of the story. So much was going on with the investigation into Kody’s father’s murder that it pretty much took over the entire book. I’m not really complaining about that. It was interesting.

What I am going to complain about it the ending. Was there really an ending? That was my question when the Epilogue suddenly began and then again when I closed Unforgiven for the final time. First, Kody basically just explained how things are working out for her with Hill. It wasn’t really an HEA in my opinion and left me disappointed and wanting more. Second, the romantic suspense aspect of the story wasn’t tied off. The Epilogue felt more like one big push toward the next book in that series. Granted, I am SUPER curious about that book now. So while I enjoyed reading Unforgiven, I just felt let down in the end.

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About JAY CROWNOVER:

  Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road. Connect with her: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Reader Group IS-Blogger-1-1024x158

Review: One Big Mistake (Whitney Barbetti)

One Big Mistake
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Publication Date: February 27, 2020
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is an unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½

Synopsis:

One night together could ruin everything…

Keane Colburn was my best friend. Ever since childhood, we could always count on each other to be there no matter what—though when I confessed my love to him, things didn’t turn out as planned.

Thankfully, my little crush didn’t ruin our friendship. I shoved those feelings to the back of my mind, watching him chase after other girls and silently wishing it was me. I resigned us to friendship—that was more important than anything else.

But a drunken one-night stand changed everything. Because even though we vowed to forget about it, I couldn’t get it out of my head. And as old memories began to rise to the surface, our lives collided in ways we had never imagined.


I’ve been in this weird reading mood lately — almost a funk of sorts. I’ve read some good books and I’ve read some mediocre books. When One Big Mistake hit my Kindle, I thought, “This is the book I’ve been waiting for.” I don’t know how I knew it was going to get me out of my funk, but I was right. One Big Mistake WAS the book I was waiting for.

Why? Well, let me break it down without giving too much away.

This is a best friends to lovers story that starts off with an accidental bang…if you know what I’m saying. Keane and Navy have a lot of feelings to work through. Navy – her unrequited crush on Keane. Keane – not seeing Navy as someone other than a best friend. It’s all very cute, even when it was a little distressing.

Navy is a nice girl who tries to help everyone. She puts herself last. The little distressing I talked about before goes with this aspect of her personality. It is both one of the best and worst things about her. A few times I wanted to give her a good shake. Keane, on the other hand, is a much more relaxed character. He is kind of oblivious, but totally lovable. Together, they balance each other out in a good way. Their friendship and possible relationship is super sweet and all sorts of fun.

A couple other things to come play in this book. Family has a big impact. Keane’s family issues are subtler in this book, but just as important as the family drama going on in Navy’s life. Navy’s sisters…Oh please, dear God. Do not let my daughter act like them when she gets older!

One thing that surprised me was I expected other friends to be a bigger part of this book.  This books is related to One Little Lie and I just expected those characters to be a larger part of the story. They all weren’t, but at least Tori played a little part. Navy’s interactions with her were priceless and important.

Overall, One Big Mistake was a great best friends to lovers romance. I could tell Whitney Barbetti put a lot of thought into the actions and reactions of Keane and Navy. Their relationship felt like something that could truly happen in real life between best friends. I loved every minute of it.